In line with our current theme on social media and HSE, Kimberley Stefanski from Enhesa discusses why compliance is more important than ever, when viewed through the lens of the digital age, and particularly when it is focused on whistleblowing – and what this means for highlighting safety fails in the workplace. Please be aware, this post is written from the perspective of the United States, and its legislation, but there are key takeaways for anyone in safety – and can be noted in conjunction with your country’s own legal requirements.
A consistent trend in emerging economies is the rapid development of industrial and housing projects, even in very arid landscapes. In just over a decade, cities such as Dubai have been raised from the desert. The desire for accelerated construction processes has been largely met by technological advances but has also led to an increase in human heat exposure in workplaces. As an EHS Director, it is important to know whether your employees and the employees of your contractors are protected from the heat, whatever the hemisphere in which you happen to work.
Are you struggling with the neverending stream of regulatory requirements, fighting to secure compliance? Did your boss ask you to confirm that everything is compliant, whether it is in terms of environment, health and safety (EHS) or product stewardship? The creativity of the regulator seems endless. In your darkest moments, do you sometimes wonder whether they invent regulations just to keep us busy or make our lives miserable? How did we end up in this complex world of regulations and requirements? Is there an end in sight, or is there a way to manage the requirements proactively (rather than constantly being in crisis prevention mode)? As we look at how some of the most successful global companies have gone about this, we believe there is a way.
One of the oldest metrics used in the environmental health and safety (EHS) field is corporate injury and accident reporting. It is one of the few times when EHS data will often contribute directly to corporate annual reports. But is your reporting system state of the art or a relic from the past? Whatever the data you decide to include, you are either adding value or showing corporate weakness. As part of the Corporate EHS Standards Forum, we explored the current climate, the challenges faced, as well as key best practices.
Enhesa’s 5 tips to becoming an EHS leader
On June 16-17 2015, Enhesa participated in the IOSH Conference in London. The conference gave over 800 delegates from the EHS sector in 43 different countries the opportunity to hear case studies, presentations and panel discussions around the overall theme of “leadership in action”. The event attracted EHS professionals from across industries, of which almost two-thirds were heads of department or managers. Amongst the organizations represented were Heineken International, BAE Systems, American Express and BP. Enhesa sponsored the global risk management track at the conference and were influential in putting together the speaker line-up.